Pierce and East Third streets in South Bethlehem is the site of a 102-year-old homicide. Today, the intersection is bordered by parking lots and the National Museum of Industrial History. But on Feb. 26, 1910, thousands of angry Bethlehem Steel strikers, upset about 12-hour days and 12-cent per hour wages, rioted at that site. Despite local police and hundreds of deputy sheriffs, Southside Bethlehem descended into chaos. Twenty-five state troopers from Philadelphia were requested and greeted with rocks and bottles when they arrived.
The state Supreme Court tomorrow will debate the new legislative redistricting plan – an updated version of the one rejected in January – and the new Voter ID law – which was upheld recently in Harrisburg.
The proceedings in Philadelphia will be viewable live on Pennsylvania Cable Network.
While redistricting is, by its very nature, a topic for debate, the Voter ID law has already been effectively enacted, but is under serious pressure with the coming of the November elections.
This is the 28th year for Southside Ministries Vacation Bible School, which met July 9 through 20 at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity. The free program was open to anyone in preschool through eighth grade. Participants could attend any one or all of the sessions.
The evenings began with a brief biblical story and discussion lead by one of the churches in the ministry. Then, participants rotated through four stations each evening.
Where do people really want to be during a heat wave?
Some folks chose to celebrate the rising temperatures atop the North Street Parking Garage at the corner of North and Walnut streets for Bethlehem's third annual Rooftop Beach Party recently.
Griffin Land is a Connecticut-based land development company that has recently expanded into the Lehigh Valley, both in Upper Macungie and Bethlehem townships. Its eyes are now fixed on a 49-acre site along the north side of Jaindl Boulevard in Hanover Township. On Aug. 28, Griffin representatives unveiled plans for two flexible use buildings that will be located directly across the street from a Traditions of America residential community.
Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.
John Brew's first attempt to establish his community bank consulting business in Historic Bethlehem ended in failure. After a lengthy hearing, zoners denied his request in a close, 2-2, vote.
But it was a different story Aug. 28, thanks to a new zoning ordinance that permits some commercial use of corner properties in residential districts, even those located at the corner of North New and East Market streets.
By a 4-0 vote, zoners agreed to allow Brew to locate his business at a Bed and Breakfast known as The Bethlehem Inn.
Their decision followed a lengthy hearing.
Wednesday, September 12
Lehigh Co. Commissioners, 7:30 p.m., public hearing room, Lehigh County Gov. Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
Thursday, September 13
Bethlehem Water Authority, 3 p.m., 85 W. North St.
Monday, September 17
Bethlehem Housing Authority, 4:30 p.m., Monacacy Tower, 645 Main St.
BASD Finance and Human Resources committees, 6 p.m., Education Center dining room, 1516 Sycamore St.
Bethlehem Twp. Commissioners, 7 p.m., municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.
Fountain Hill Zoning Board, 7 p.m., 941 Long St.